Would former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow have been allowed to speak at this week’s Republican National Convention even if he wanted to?
According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, ESPN, which employees Tebow as an analyst on the SEC Network, likely would have shut down any attempt to speak at the event.
While Tebow dismissed the rumors of a speaking appearance, Deitsch still posed the question of his availability to do so to an ESPN spokesperson on Sunday.
“We would expect them to ask and while your question is hypothetical, the answer for either convention would be no,” the ESPN spokesperson told Deitsch.
That response appears to be consistent with the ESPN’s policy for covering the presidential election, which includes the following excerpt:
“We should refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or “drive-by” comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns. Approved commentaries on sports-specific issues, or seeking responses from candidates on relevant news issues, are appropriate. However perceived endorsements should be avoided.”
Last week, a New York Times report brought the former Gators quarterback’s name to the forefront of the political scene.
New York Times writer Jeremy Peters reported that Tebow was on the list of people slated to speak at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
It created a media whirlwind, which prompted Tebow to shoot down what he termed as a “rumor” via Instagram the following day.
The four-day event, which is carrying on in spite of the lack of the SEC football legend, began on Monday and is slated to conclude on Thursday, July 21.